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Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life By J. Rufus Fears Books That Have Made History Books That Can Change Your Life Professor Fears presents his choices from some of the most essential writings in history ranging in time from the rd millennium B C to the th century and in locale from Mesopotamia and China to E
  • Title: Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life
  • Author: J. Rufus Fears
  • ISBN: 9781598030266
  • Page: 460
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  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life By J. Rufus Fears Professor Fears presents his choices from some of the most essential writings in history, ranging in time from the 3rd millennium B.C to the 20th century, and in locale from Mesopotamia and China to Europe and America He focuses on intellectual history and ethics, taking underlying ideas of each great work and revealing how these ideas can be put to use in a moral and etProfessor Fears presents his choices from some of the most essential writings in history, ranging in time from the 3rd millennium B.C to the 20th century, and in locale from Mesopotamia and China to Europe and America He focuses on intellectual history and ethics, taking underlying ideas of each great work and revealing how these ideas can be put to use in a moral and ethical life.Course Lecture Titles36 Lectures 30 minutes lectureBonhoeffer, Letters and Papers From Prison Homer, Iliad Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Bhagavad Gita Book of Exodus Gospel of Mark Koran Gilgamesh Beowulf Book of Job Aeschylus, Oresteia Euripides, Bacchae Plato, Phaedo Dante, The Divine Comedy Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag ArchipelagoShakespeare, Julius Caesar George Orwell, 1984 Vergil, Aeneid Pericles, Oration Lincoln, Gettysburg Address Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front Confucius, The Analects Machiavelli, The Prince Plato, Republic John Stuart Mill, On Liberty Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d Arthur Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 1Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 2 Henry David Thoreau, WaldenGibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Lord Acton, The History of Freedom Cicero, On Moral Duties De Officiis Gandhi, An Autobiography Churchill, My Early Life Painting as a Pastime WWII Lessons from the Great Books
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    1. J. Rufus Fears

      Dr J Rufus Fears is David Ross Boyd Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the G T and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty He also serves as David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs He earned his Ph.D from Harvard University Before joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Professor Fears was Professor of History and Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer at Indiana University, and Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Boston University.An acclaimed teacher and scholar with 25 awards for teaching excellence, Professor Fears was chosen Professor of the Year on three occasions by students at the University of Oklahoma His other accolades include the Medal for Excellence in College and University Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, the University Continuing Education Association UCEA Great Plains Region Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the UCEA s National Award for Teaching Excellence.Professor Fears s books and monographs include The Cult of Jupiter and Roman Imperial Ideology and The Theology of Victory at Rome He edited a three volume edition of Selected Writings of Lord Acton His discussions of the Great Books have appeared in newspapers across the country and have aired on national television and radio programs.

    940 thoughts on “Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life”

    1. This was TERRIBLE I d seen so many good reviews about this book, so I decided to buy the audio book, narrated by the author This was worse than going to church He has the classic Fire and Damnation Southern Baptist pulpit speech style, which I can t stand But not only that, ALL the books he s chosen has one thing or another to do with a higher power SERIOUSLY If I would have known this was a Sunday school lecture in disguise, I wouldn t have wasted my money.


    2. This is another audio lecture series by The Teaching Company, which records some of the top professors in the country on audio and DVD with an accompanying booklet in order to make courses on a variety of topics accessible to anyone who is interested.In Books That Have Made History, Professor J Rufus Fears presents his picks of some of the most important writings in the world s history from the 3rd millennium B.C to present Professor Fears describes great books as those that offer wisdom and mak [...]


    3. Professor Rufus J Fears presents his top picks of Books That Have Made History Books that Can Change your life in 37 30 minute lectures The title is appropriate in that these are primarily historical works only 3 from the 20th century Prof Fears stipulates from the beginning that a great book, as he defines it, has 1 a theme, 2 noble language, 3 speaks across the ages, and in general, a great book elevates your soul.Most of the lectures consist of a summary of the book in question, so that Prof [...]


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    5. This is one of the best Teaching Company lectures series to which I have listened Dr Fears is a truly gifted lecturer, such that he uses the lecture almost as a performance art form He does not conduct in depth literary analysis of the works he discusses, but rather retells them with flourish and pinpoints their major themes, tracing these themes throughout the wide variety of great books he has selected and frequently linking back to previous books he has discussed There is nothing dry in his a [...]


    6. I have been watching this series of recorded lectures on DVD with my coworkers It is our Thursday lunchtime activity I can honestly say that I have never encountered another lecturer who is as simultaneously engaging and thought provoking as Professor Fears.The lecture in this series that has had the most impact on me is his lecture on Lord Acton Although Acton never wrote a book, his lectures and papers nevertheless well deserve their place in this series on Books That Have Made History Books T [...]


    7. This series was actually a little overstimulating It is hard to assimilate all of the great ideas Dr Fears touched on in his series of 30 minute lectures If you are under the conviction that you need to read of the Great Books and don t know where to start, this is a good series for you, because his summaries can help you identify which works touch your soul right nowCOND READING Some of these lectures can be a bit dry, but this professor s passion for his subject deserves to be commented upon [...]


    8. Professor Fears is a story teller than a lecturer He relates the stories in and about these great books and keeps the listener enthralled At the same time, he emphasizes the books themes, some of which are opposed to others, but all pointing to universal moral truths Very highly recommended.


    9. I enjoyed this lecture series, but I am a Shakespeare scholar so when Fears gets the Shakespeare wrong, I have to wonder what else he got wrong.


    10. I really tried to give this one a chance because I like to love all the books he was covering in this audio course However there were two related issues with the author s point of view that I just could not get past First was his slavish devotion to the Great Man view of history and the idea that great books make great men This leads him to an insurmountable problem in his very first chapter on Nazi era German dissident, Dietrich Bonhoeffer If the strenuously classical curriculum of the German G [...]


    11. It felt too much like listening to a sermon than a lecture series The first half of each lecture is often interesting, placing the author and his book in the context of history Yet then the lecturer stumbles into a sort of pantomine as the plot of each book is retold as if reading a night time story to a child.However, there are books here that I am now inspired to read, and as such the course is successful in helping to explore and appreciate great literature.


    12. I hate reading books when I was young so I decided to read this audible to know the great books in history The author is really good to keep the attention of the listeners I will definitely read 2 or 3 books mentioned in the courses.


    13. The only problem with this course is that is added to my TBR He is a great lecturer I really enjoyed this course I was especially intrigued by Cicero.


    14. Wonderful audiobook that covers a vast selection of classical works of literature in an engaging and accessible way.


    15. This audio book is of a series of lectures than an actual novel It talks about some of the books that have changed lives throughout history Some of the greatest books ever written are included in this All of the lectures are split up in thirty minute or so increments I really enjoyed these lectures I m ashamed of myself for not having read most of these I now have them in quick access so I can read them in the immediate future The lectures were all easy to follow They were straight forward and [...]


    16. Another wonderful teaching series lectures, presented by Professor Fears is a monumental compendium of the most significant books written in human history He qualifies his choices of the books on the following attributes its theme, the noble language of the book, the universality and timelessness of what the book espouses mostly values and finally the books that elevates the soul The series is broken into 30 lectures dealing with a book each hence perfect for short commutes The presentation is c [...]


    17. This course is about exploring the greatest books ever written that changed the world It also explains why they are great and how they affected those around them Professor Fears is a great lecturer and always keeps things interesting Each lecture is around a half hour each so great to listen to on your commute or when you have a short time to devote to the lecture.The books per Prof Fears are 1 Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer2 Homer s Illyiad3 Meditations by Marcus Aurelius [...]


    18. Professor Fears takes readers on a wondrous journey through the compelling messages of titles that can have a pivotal influence in the lives of those who read them He begins by defining a great book as one having a great theme, as being written in noble language which elevates the soul, that speaks across ages and that possess universality He further states that reading a great book means sitting with the book and allowing it to speak It will only speak if we open our minds The titles explored i [...]


    19. Professor Fears had a unique gift for storytelling and he does a masterful job summarizing his selections, even though he is often preachy and bit overly theatrical He is entertaining, insightful, and obviously passionate about his subject matter I didn t really care that the professor was interpreting these books from a conservative Christian viewpoint I find the culture wars and American politics tiring and largely not worth my time but it is something I think readers listeners should be aware [...]


    20. I was truly looking forward to this course but found myself disappointed overall with the content and presentation It took several lectures to realize that Fears was pigeonholing each great book that he chose into imposed categories that reflected the point he wanted to make mainly that all great books point to universal truths in direct contrast with our current moral and social relativism While I m deeply schooled in said current relativism, and while I m sympathetic to his goals of offering a [...]


    21. I was curious to see what books Fears included in his course He included many that I have not read The Republic, The Aeneid, Meditations, the plays of Aeschylus, and a slew of others He didn t include works that I think made history, such as Ulysses and Remembrance of Things Past But there are only so many books you can teach in one course His personal politics began to emerge and I had a strong feeling that he and I are poles apart in that regard, so I found myself disliking him for no apparent [...]


    22. Love this series, probably because I am a geek and as far as I m concerned, what s not to love about 30 plus lectures on great books or as the narrator explains books that can change your life or at least change the way you live your life I thought the professor was great, except his tendency to say literatour instead of literature which made him sound a little snobby and high brow He really gets into the telling of the great classic stories like Beowulf and Gilgamesh I was entertained the entir [...]


    23. The lecture series was a good introduction to what Fears considers great books and Fears is truly a professor in the literal sense of the word Not an easy task to discuss absolute morality and the virtues of wisdom, truth, courage, and moderation in a 30 minute lecture format I quite enjoyed his sense of humor and dramatic flair, especially in his summaries of Greek tragedies At times, however, he professed a little too much and the greatness of some books was less great thanwellothers It was al [...]


    24. I m a big fan of The Great Courses lectures, however, these were not so great I was hoping for a profound book analysis, whereas this is of a book synopsis The first few lectures seemed to do a good deal of preaching, almost gospel style In general the course offered little to nothing on the books I ve already read, piqued my interest to read several other titles discussed, and offered general overviews on books which I know I m unlikely to ever read but wanted to know a bit about.


    25. Professor Fears executes 38 high energy lectures that offer context, summaries, and poignant excerpts from Great books Any avid reader is likely to discover familiar titles, new books for their queue, and a few favorites missing from the series In every case, Dr Fears passion for the material makes the lectures entertaining enough to look forward to each day For me, the lectures on Letters and Papers From Prison Bonhoeffer , The Gulag Archipelago, On Moral Duties Cicero , and Churchill, My Early [...]


    26. I always love these Great Courses lectures and this one was no exception Rufus Fears is very entertaining and the information is excellent The only thing that kept it from being 5 stars for me was that there wasn t enough time in the 30 minute lecture format to go into too much detail about some of the important ideas that were being discussed I ve read about 40% of the books that were covered, and while I may never tackle some of the others, there are several that will go on my lifetime reading [...]


    27. Professor Fears selects 30 works of history that can impart wisdom for a set of Universal values power, courage, moderation, honor, duty, honesty, and justice Having only read half a dozen of the 30 recommended works, I now have a good starting point for incorporating classical literature into my 2014 reading list Professor Fears speaks as southern preacher from a pulpit, in broad sweeping grandeur statements He is an excellent storyteller and well worth the 18 hour investment of listening to h [...]


    28. This is a series of lectures about books that are not only classics, but that have in some way shaped the world in which we live A key theme is picked out of each work, and that theme is explored in detail Key themes include dealing with our mortality, living a good life, interpreting duty and understanding what responsibility we have for the actions we do in the role of duty and, importantly, the nature and role of truth.Well presented, thorough and inspiring.


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